Plumage/Description: Male and female plumage similar except males have a red crown, whereas females have no red on the head. Bold facial pattern with black and white stripes. Back and wings have a ‘laddered’or barred appearance with black and while horizontal striping. Breast and belly is heavily spotted with black markings on a buffy-white background.
Habitat: Residential, Oak/Chaparral, Pinyon/Juniper, Ponderosa, Riparian/Deciduous
Time of year: Year-round
Relative Abundance: Common
Behavior: A common and fairly tame backyard bird. Readily frequents suet feeders, and occasionally visits hummingbird feeders. A cavity nester—will use man-made nesting boxes or cavities they excavate themselves.
Diet: Insects, Hummingbird sugar-water, suet, nuts
Similar species: Other woodpecker species
Best Sites: Watson Woods, Stricklin Park, Pioneer Park, Heritage Park, Acker Park